"The FW guide team always laid out a lovely spread at all of the stops and lunches that delighted the senses and especially the palate!"
– Rosanna S.
What to expect on these active holiday adventures
To help you choose an appropriate level of daily challenge, we use elevation profiles to represent the route, and a challenge-rating system using symbols from the skiing world. Many of you will already be familiar with it; If not, here is a brief explanation. Note that these classifications may vary with weather and/or road conditions, and you should always arrive with a sense of fun and adventure. If you are unsure, choose a guided trip. The vehicle support can help you get over any hill, and can turn even the most difficult trip into an easy one.
The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.
The most challenging trips, these include longer distances, bigger hills, long hikes, exposed paddling, and full days of activity. We recommend a higher degree of fitness and training to make the most of the experience.
There is also a rare double black diamond, reserved for only the most difficult adventures.
Small groups or private tours with all-day vehicle support.
Local guides (1:6 ratio or better; often 1:4), all day every day.
Daytime picnics and snacks.
All lodging and breakfasts.
Most dinners. Good ones!
Maintain your own pace.
Guided groups are best if you like joining a small group, and want all day support including roadside picnics. You can choose from existing dates, or can request new dates - either for your private tour, or for us to open up to others.
"Guided tours give me the chance to travel, bike, hike, and make new friends without logistical hassles of travelling completely solo." - Kelly K.
Private travel with luggage transfers.
Responsive on-call backup service.
All lodging and breakfasts.
Daily contact or briefing with your driver.
Lifts when necessary or requested.
Choose your own dates.
Self-guided tours are all about freedom to choose your travel dates, your pace, and any customization you want. Your luggage is moved between inns so that you don't need to carry it, and you will have a driver to call for help in case of difficulty or emergency. We do not propose fixed dates for self-guided trips, but we do add them to our calendar once you have booked, in case others want quick confirmation to follow the same route on the same dates. Your driver can give you one “boost” on days when your luggage is moved; otherwise, you will normally be expected to ride the entire prescribed route each day, and to be more independent than on a guided trip. Your driver will be on call to help (extra cost may apply).
If you are using one of our rental bikes, you can expect a well-maintained bike in good condition, and our attention to make sure it stays so. If you bring your own bike, you will be responsible for all repairs, and we strongly recommend a thorough, professional tune-up before you commence your trip.
If you expect to need extra service on a consistent basis, please consider a guided or private guided trip. We can normally accommodate your new dates.
"...espresso at lunch, hand ground beans, really...wow!" - Jim & BJ P.